Adolescents' experiences of psychosocial support after traumatisation in a school shooting
Article first published online: 22 JUL 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health © 2011 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 17, Issue 1, pages 23–30, February 2012
How to Cite
Murtonen, K., Suomalainen, L., Haravuori, H. and Marttunen, M. (2012), Adolescents' experiences of psychosocial support after traumatisation in a school shooting. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 17: 23–30. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2011.00612.x
- Issue published online: 21 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 22 JUL 2011
- Accepted for publication: 20 December 2010 Published online: 22 July 2011
- post-traumatic stress disorder;
- case report
Background: In November 2007, a student shot and killed eight people and himself at Jokela High School, Finland.
Method: Availability and experiences of psychosocial support were investigated using data (N=231) collected with a questionnaire 4 months after the event.
Results: Female gender, severity of trauma, psychiatric disturbance and post-traumatic distress were associated with receiving psychosocial support. Over half of the students with a high level of trauma-related symptoms reported immediate support as having been helpful. Additionally, support from family and friends was available to a majority of students.
Conclusions: The factors associated with not receiving support or not feeling helped should be studied further for possible implications on crisis interventions.